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Chutney is a dip that is commonly served with Indian snacks. India is famous for its wide variety of chutneys—sweet, salty, spicy, or sour—each made with different ingredients.
There are two main types of chutneys: sweet tamarind chutney and salty green chutney. Most Indian snacks and street foods are served with either of these two chutneys, or with a chutney that is based on one of these.
Today, we are preparing a sweet tamarind chutney that also includes dates, jaggery, and some basic spices. Jaggery is a natural sweetener that is healthier than sugar because it has all of its nutrients intact. Sugar, on the other hand, lacks any nutrient content.
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- 200 grams khajur (dates), deseeded
- 150 grams imli (tamarind), seedless
- 150 grams gur (jaggery), crushed
- 750 ml water
- 2 tbsp roasted jeera (cumin seed) powder
- 2 tbsp saunf (fennel seeds)
- 2 tbsp saunth (ginger powder)
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp red chili powder
- Put the water in a steel pot and keep it on medium heat. Once the water is a bit hot, add the dates, tamarind, and jaggery.
- Stir until everything blends nicely, then reduce heat to low.
- Add all the spices and salt. Mix well. Cook the chutney until the dates and tamarind are soft. Stir frequently. In case the chutney feels too thick add some more water and cook for a few more minutes.
- Remove from the heat and allow the chutney to cool down.
- Blend the mixture in a blender until smooth.
- Now strain out the chutney in a colander. To make it easier, mash the ingredients so you get all the pulp out. Discard the pulp.
- Transfer the date tamarind chutney to an airtight freezer-safe jar and store in the freezer where it will keep well for at least 5 to 6 months.
- Use as needed.
- In case the chutney seems a bit too thick, add a little water to thin it out. Be careful to add only as much water as you need.
- Always use a dry spoon to remove the chutney.
Khajur Imli (Date and Tamarind) Chutney Recipe
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